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(AUSTRALIA) Northern Territory Police Report: There were reports of gunshots being fired in the community of Peppimenarti, 325 kilometers south-west of Darwin, with extra officers being sent to the community to try to help calm the situation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.27: Commissioner Chalker said police understood the trouble related to ongoing family disputes in the community. We’ve had reports of shots being fired there this morning,” he said: It is unfortunate there has been ongoing family disputes and we need families to understand [there] are far greater issues presenting now: Please, everyone, take a breath, calm down and return home: Let us establish order in the community.”

#AceDailyNews says according to local media report gunshots were allegedly fired in remote Northern Territory community of Peppimenarti on Thursday ………In June, a prominent Aboriginal artist from Peppimenarti called for police and the NT government to help restore safety to the community and said the violence was preventing children from attending school.

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A red dirt road with the Peppimenarti community in the background.
The community of Peppimenarti has been experiencing violence for months.(ABC News: Jane Bardon)

During today’s #COVID19 update press conference, NT Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker said officers had to be diverted from duties in Katherine to travel to the community where “significant unrest” has been reported.

In a statement provided later on Thursday, NT Police Commander Janelle Tonkin said the reports of gunshots were still being investigated. 

“There have been no injuries reported and no arrests at this stage,” she said. 

Local clinic and council services close

Commissioner Chalker said some essential services in the community had been suspended.

“I’ve surged additional police there. They are working with the health resources on the ground and I understand West Daly have said they are suspending services on the ground,” he said.

In an email seen by ABC and sent this morning, the local health clinic said it was closing temporarily and all nurses would be leaving “until it is safe enough to come back”. 

“This is in consultation with NT Health and deemed necessary after the events of last night,” the email said. 

NT Health said it was unable to comment on operations at the local clinic as it was run by the Peppimenarti Association, which has also been contacted for comment. 

Meanwhile, council services have also been impacted.

West Daly is the regional council in charge of delivering services in the community of Peppimenarti, which is home to around 220 people.

West Daly Regional Council chief executive officer Matthew Eastham said it was necessary to suspend all council services, including rubbish collection, access to Centrelink and post office services. 

Mr Eastham said the council was meeting daily to discuss the situation but made the decision based on an assessment of risk.

“We are working closely with the NT government and other stakeholders to review the situation and are willing to provide support when requested and where we can,” he said. 

He said a decision about the resumption of services would be made on Monday.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Nov.27: 2021:

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